- The definition of a compound is something that contains two or more parts.
An example of compound is a mixed cocktail.
- Compound means to mix multiple ingredients together or make something bigger.
- An example of compound is to blend grass clippings, leaves and vegetable matter for compost.
- An example of compound is adding rocks to a rock pile.
- An example of compound is to gain interest on money in a savings account.
A compound would be this drink.
compound definition by Webster's New World
- to mix or combine
- to make by combining parts or elements
- to settle by mutual agreement; specif., to settle (a debt) by a compromise payment of less than the total claim
- to compute (interest) on the sum of the principal and the accumulated interest which has accrued at regular intervals: interest compounded semiannually
- to increase or intensify by adding new elements: to compound a problem
Origin: Middle English compounen ; from Old French compon(d)re, to arrange, direct ; from Classical Latin componere, to put together: see composite
- to agree
- to compromise with a creditor
- to combine and form a compound
- a thing formed by the mixture or combination of two or more parts or elements
- a substance containing two or more elements chemically combined in fixed proportions
- a word composed of two or more base morphemes, whether hyphenated or not: English compounds are usually distinguished from phrases by reduced stress on one of the elements and by changes in meaning (Ex.: blackʹbird, blackʹ birdʹ; grandʹ-aunt, grandʹ auntʹ)
- an enclosed space with a building or group of buildings within it
Origin: Anglo-Indian ; from Malay kampong, enclosure
compound definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb com·pound·ed, com·pound·ing, com·pounds verb, transitive
- To combine so as to form a whole; mix.
- To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts: pharmacists compounding prescriptions.
- To settle (a debt, for example) by agreeing on an amount less than the claim; adjust.
- To compute (interest) on the principal and accrued interest.
- To add to; increase: High winds compounded the difficulties of the firefighters.
- To combine in or form a compound.
- To come to terms; agree.
- Consisting of two or more substances, ingredients, elements, or parts.
- Botany Composed of more than one part.
- A combination of two or more elements or parts. See Synonyms at mixture.
- Linguistics A word that consists either of two or more elements that are independent words, such as loudspeaker, baby-sit, or high school, or of specially modified combining forms of words, such as Greek philosophia, from philo-, “loving,” and sophia, “wisdom.”
- Chemistry A pure, macroscopically homogeneous substance consisting of atoms or ions of two or more different elements in definite proportions that cannot be separated by physical means. A compound usually has properties unlike those of its constituent elements.
- Botany a. A leaf whose blade is divided into two or more distinct leaflets.b. A pistil composed of two or more united carpels.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English compounen, from Old French componre, compondre, to put together, from Latin compōnere; see component.
- com·poundˈa·ble adjective
- com·poundˈer noun
left: pinnately compound leaf
right: palmately compound leaf
- A building or buildings, especially a residence or group of residences, set off and enclosed by a barrier.
- An enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war.
Origin: Alteration of Malay kampong, village.
compound - Cultural Definition
compound - Legal Definition
- To determine the interest on the principal and on whatever interest has already accrued.
- To settle a claim or debt for an amount less than what is alleged to be due.
- To agree, in exchange for consideration, not to prosecute a crime or seek punishment for the convicted criminal. See also compounding a crime.
compound - Medical Definition
- A combination of two or more elements or parts.
- A pure, macroscopically homogeneous substance that consists of atoms or ions of different elements in definite proportions that cannot be separated by physical means, and that have properties unlike those of its constituent elements.
- To combine so as to form a whole; mix.
- To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts.
compound - Phrases/Idioms
compound a felony (or crime)
Etymology: < compound
compound - Science Definition